India-Sri Lanka Ties: A Closer Look

By Swatilekha Chakraborty, Symbiosis Law School, Pune.

India is Sri Lanka’s closest neighbor. The relationship between the two countries is more than 2,500 years old and both sides have built upon a legacy of intellectual, cultural, religious and linguistic intercourse.

In recent years, the relationship has been marked by the contacts at the highest political level, growing trade and investment, cooperation in the fields of education, culture and defense, as well as a broad understanding on major issues of international interest. (more…)

Indo-European Ties: Relationship between India and European Union

By Juš Černovšek, Lawyer, Slovenia.

In the words of Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy: “The European Union (EU) and India share both aspirations and fundamental values, notably a commitment to multilateralism in world affairs. We should bolster our relationship not as an end in itself, but with a real sense of purpose«[1] There is no doubt that India and EU should be important partners in economic and political views. But is that really so? Is the strategic partnership between the two really strategic? This article reflects on the relations between the EU and India and tries to point out the differences and similarities and especially the potential that this relationship has. On one hand it tries to analyze the biggest problems of the relationship while on the other explains the current situations and advantages that come from it. (more…)

Women in Rural India: Prospects and Challenges

By Deepali Bagla, Pravin Gandhi College of Law, Mumbai.

India is a country of villages as the majority of its population lives in villages and far-flung remote areas. The interesting aspect is that every region of the country though connected with the cities now; however, still possesses its own peculiar traditional ethos. Also most of the rural communities are still devoid of modern facilities like education, electricity, proper drinking water, health care, ample transportation, etc. But the lack of education in many of the rural belts of India is proving fatal and acting as the breeding ground for social vices, evils and paving the way to anti-social/national activities. (more…)

Dual Citizenship in India: Advantages

By Stuti Saxena, IGNOU, Delhi.

Citizenship in India is administered under the statutory provisions of the Citizenship Act, 1955, which has been amended from time to time. Further to this, Indian Constitution also enshrines the tenets of Citizenship in its Part II. India follows the system of single citizenship. As per Indian nationality law, jus sanguinis (citizenship by right of blood) in contrast with jus soli (citizenship by right of birth within the territory) is the norm. (more…)